Diploma in Chinese Acupuncture (3 Years)

Programme Overview

Acupuncture has been an important tool for human health and wellbeing for over 4500 years. Over more recent times acupuncture has been supported by research studies and continues to be extensively used around the world and has growing popularity in the west.

At Manchester Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine we are committed to providing quality teaching and supervised practice in the ancient art of acupuncture. Acupuncture is now widely accepted within western society and there are more and more health professionals practising acupuncture after a short training course. They often lack understanding of the principles and philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine and as the result, lack confidence to treat conditions other than pain relief. We aim to provide the students with the breadth and depth of study and clinical experience required to become knowledgeable in both the understanding of Traditional Chinese Medicine and western view of acupuncture, to ensure entry into a traditional acupuncture profession.

The course aims to provide students with the necessary skills to begin independent practice as a traditional acupuncturist, with emphasis on holistic approach to best look after your clients’ health and wellbeing. The differences, similarities and relationship between modern medical acupuncture and traditional acupuncture are explored to give students the necessary skills to practice in western society today.

The MATCM student clinical training facility is open to members of the public offering subsidised treatment in acupuncture. There is an opportunity for acupuncture students to undertake supervised practice, reception, publicity and research work in the clinic.

New Launch of 3 years Diploma in Chinese Acupuncture Course

From September 2022, we will offer a new 3 years Diploma course in Chinese Acupuncture The aim is to allow more candidates with strong interest and enthusiasm in Chinese Acupuncture, but lack of experience in health care field, to access professional training in Chines medicine, and be able to practise Chinese acupuncture after the training.

The course will be 3 years Part-Time study. The first year provides foundation knowledge in modern medicine (Anatomy & physiology) and professional development (Professional conduct, health & safty, therapeutic relationship and research methods). The second and third year will follow similar syllabuses as our standard Postgraduate Diploma in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture.

Diploma Awarded

Diploma in Chinese Acupuncture


As this is a brand new course, we are seeking accreditation from ATCM and will provide updates of the accreditation status regularly.

Study Mode

The 3 years Diploma course is a Part Time study course built on a modular format. Lectures will be delivered in a combination of classroom and zoom lessons, depending on the current state of Covid rules. Teaching will be one weekend each month. The course will require clinical hours. Students can choose to practise at our teaching clinic Acuhealth Centre in Sale, Manchester, or at an approved centre near to their residential areas.

For students who do not wish to obtain the diploma, you may choose to study any of the individual weekends as part of their CPD training, to cover the topics of your specific interests.  You can also choose to only attend one or both days of the weekends.

All training is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine concepts and will cover the following:

  1. Chinese medicine foundation and diagnostic skills
  2. Meridians and acupuncture points including point location skills
  3. Acupuncture techniques and practice
  4. Acupuncture for common diseases
  5. Acupuncture clinical practice


Assessments will take the form of both written and practical examinations in order for the student to demonstrate they have suitably understood acupuncture theory and can appropriately carry out treatments.

Resources Available

All teaching will take place at the Manchester Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine located at 52-54 Washway Road, Sale M33 7QZ . The academy is operated in a working Chinese medicine clinic with access to appropriate equipment, specialised teaching space and literature.

Teaching Staff

Key staff:    Professor Mei Xing:

Professor Mei Xing became a qualified medical doctor in 1985, after 5 years of training at Guiyang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She continued to further her integrated medicine knowledge at Beijing’s Dong Zhi Men Hospital, the first affiliated hospital of Beijing Traditional Chinese Medicine University in 1989 and then worked at the No. 301 General Hospital of People’s Liberation Army in Beijing in 1999.

She also gained her MSc degree from Chengdu Traditional Chinese Medicine University. Prior to coming to the UK, she worked as an associate professor and medical consultant in Endocrinology. In 2001, she was appointed lecturer by the University of Salford in Traditional Chinese Medicine. She became the Programme Leader for BSc in Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture and was promoted to Senior Lecturer later on, until the University of Salford closed the programme. She continued teaching the acupuncture programme at Manchester Metropolitan University until 2017..

In 2016, Mei founded the Manchester Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a centre for excellence in teaching authentic Traditional Chinese Medicine in the UK, where she now works as the Principal and runs the multi-disciplinary clinic from.

Mei has treated patients for over 30 years and has made a great contribution to acupuncture and Chinese Medicine as an educator, lecturer, tutor as well as a member of British Acupuncture Accreditation Committee. She has been Programme Leader and external examiner for several teaching institutes and universities, both in the UK and abroad. Through dedicating herself to excellent patient care in clinical practice, Mei has grown ever more passionate about the necessity and importance of teaching authentic Traditional Chinese Medicine to a new generation of practitioners in the UK. Mei regularly advises and gives talks to professional bodies such as the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the British Acupuncture Council and the British Medical Acupuncture Society.

Other staff: Qualified and experienced guest lecturers will be teaching various modules throughout the year. Bios of these lectures will be available nearer to the time.

Course Fees

The fees for year one and year two is £2980 per year. Fees for the third year will be £3980. There is an additional registration fee of £300 at enrolment. Therefore the total cost of the full diploma course is £10,240. If participants wish to attend for a day course as CPD, the cost is £300 per weekend (2 days) and you will not be required to pay the registration fee.

Admission Criteria

You will need to be over 18 and have gained either the standard entry requirements (Minimum of 6 GCSE with 4 above) or be able to give us satisfactory evidence of your life and work experience (if you are coming in as a mature student). We look for students with a variety of background and a variety of qualifications. The course is suitable for students who already have a degree, or are practising in another field and looking for a career change.

Application Procedure

Students need to download the MATCM Diploma course application form, and email the filled in form toinfo@matcm.co.uk.

Programme and Syllabus

Year 1 Curriculum

2 modules to be completed over 10 weekends.

Module 1: Essential Biomedicine

On top of lectures, Module 1 also requires the student to have 50 hours clinical observation in the academy or at a satellite clinic near students’ location.

Module 2: Professional Development

On top of lectures, Module 2 also requires 50 hours clinical observation in the academy or at a satellite clinic near students’ location

Year 2 Curriculum

2 modules to be completed over 10 weekends.

Module 3: Foundation of TCM

On top of lectures, Module 1 also requires the student to have 50 hours clinical observation and points location practice in the college or at a satellite clinic near students’ location.

Module 4: Acupuncture Points Location and Needling Techniques

On top of lectures, Module 2 also requires 50 hours clinical observation and needling techniques practice or at a satellite clinic near students’ location

Year 3 Curriculum 

2 modules to be completed over 10 weekends.

Module 5: Acupuncture for common diseases and symptoms

Module 6: Clinical Practice

Total 200 hours clinical practice is required in the third year study.  100 hours of clinical practice must be completed on site at MATCM.

Course Dates:

The course will start on the last week of September 2022.  Full programme will be available nearer to the time.

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